The Collected Stories of Robert Silverberg, Volume Seven: We Are For the Dark 1987-90

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Wydawnictwo: Subterranean Press
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The Collected Stories of Robert Silverberg, Volume Seven: We Are For the Dark 1987-90
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9781596065017
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385
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angielski
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The stories collected here, written between August of 1987 and May of 1990, demonstrate that I still believe in the classical unities. Of course, what seems to us a unity now might not have appeared that way when H.G. Wells was writing his wonderful stories in the nineteenth century. Wells might have argued that my 'To the Promised Land' is built around two speculative fantastic assumptions,...

The stories collected here, written between August of 1987 and May of 1990, demonstrate that I still believe in the classical unities. Of course, what seems to us a unity now might not have appeared that way when H.G. Wells was writing his wonderful stories in the nineteenth century. Wells might have argued that my 'To the Promised Land' is built around two speculative fantastic assumptions, one that the Biblical Exodus from Egypt never happened, the other that it is possible to send rocketships to other worlds. But in fact we've sent plenty of rocketships to other worlds by now, so only my story's alternative-world speculation remains fantasy today. Technically speaking the space-travel element of the plot has become part of the given; it's the other big assumption that forms the central matter of the story. --Robert Silverberg, from his Introduction

The seventh volume of Subterranean Press’s Collected Stories of Robert Silverberg, We Are For the Dark, covers a four year period, from 1987-90. Containing ten stories ranging from short stories to novellas, including the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning “Enter a Soldier, Later: Enter Another” demonstrates that Silverberg was not willing to rest on his laurels, but rather was adding to his legacy in the late 1980s.
Reading these stories in close proximity drives home just how much Silverberg was using history as the basis of his stories. “Enter a Soldier, Later: Enter Another” posits a virtual reality program which allows recreations of Francisco Pizarro and Socrates to debate each other. “A Sleep and a Forgetting” looks at a world in which Temujin became a Christian living in Istanbul rather than the conqueror Ghengis Khan, and “To the Promised Land” created a word in which Rome didn’t fall (and led to a lengthy series of stories collected in Silverberg’s Roma Eterna). Silverberg also returns to his 1966 novel The Gate of Worlds with "Lion Time in Timbuctoo," pointing out that his interest in alternate history is not something he discovered in the late 1980s, but is something which has long been part of his career.
History isn’t the only thing Silverberg was using as his muse in the 80s. he was also keeping up with technological advancements, as demonstrated not just with the virtual reality concepts in “Enter a Soldier, Later: Enter Another,” but also in the ideas which he used in the much darker “Chip Runner,” about a young boy who is allowing his body to waste away, despite the efforts of both his parents and psychiatrist.
Silverberg also pays tributes to other authors in the stories included in We Are For the Dark. Most obvious is his Isaac Asimov tribute, “The Asenion Solution,” which includes references to Asimov’s The Gods Themselves. “In Another Country” is a sequel to C.L. Moore’s Vintage Season. Perhaps the least obvious tribute story is “The Dead Man’s Eyes,” which uses the same concepts as those used by Silverberg’s friend and one-time collaborator Randall Garrett in his 1964 Lord Darcy story “The Eyes Have It.”
Originally published more than thirty years after Silverberg broke into publishing, these stories included in We Are for the Dark are indicative of the mature author Silverberg has become and form an interesting counterpoint to not only the earlier collections issues by Subterranean, such as To Be Continued, but also Haffner Press's recently published Tales from Super-Science Fiction, which includes several of the stories that a younger Silverberg honed his craft on.

 

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